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It was very warm today with temperatures above 80 °F (27 °C), as if we went from winter to summer, bypassing a fabled spring. I went out to Sayen Gardens for pictures of flowers and found a snake and a turtle.

Garter Snake being handled by a man.

The snake was caught near a pond by a man. He showed it to his son, explained that it was not venomous, then released it right after I took the above shot.

On a small island in the middle of the pond, a turtle was sunning itself. I am no expert, but I think it was a Diamondback Terrapin Turtle. If you can identify it, please let me know its correct name. Update: Eliza identified it as a Red-eared Slider, another kind of terrapin.

Red-eared Slider turtle.